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Tslice

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Posted: 12/29/12 10:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh my God, thank you for sparing me. I almost died this morning. I went to put a new propane cylinder in my portable Mr Heater, after I woke up and the outside temp was 0 degrees, and the inside temp of the rv fell into the 50's, and it caught on fire (PROPANE FIRE) right before I fell back asleep. Luckily I was able to throw the damn heater out of the RV and get the fire out. I singed all by leg hair and hurt my ankle in the process, but I am just happy to be alive.

Warning! Watch out for these. Had the fire started while I was asleep, I may not be here right now typing this thread.


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Posted: 12/29/12 10:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Really happy your not hurt!!!!


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Posted: 12/29/12 10:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank God you are OK! For everyone's benefit could you please let us know what model it is and where was the fire located on the unit?


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Posted: 12/29/12 10:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it possible you did not have the tank screwed all the way in? I am sure it is cold now. You might check to see if it is fully screwed in. Those heaters have a excellent safety record. Was it a new tank or one you refilled? I would suggest you contact the company and report what happened. They may request you return it to them so they can determine what happened.

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Posted: 12/29/12 10:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

the fire occurred while changing the bottle?

was the unit still red hot?

was the new bottle screwed all the way on/not leaking?


OR was the unit defective?


glad no one was hurt.


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Posted: 12/29/12 10:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Let me gather the model number for everyone safety. It was a new cnaister. Probably the 30th can ive used since I bought it. Well it did leak when I first put in on, so I took it off, and screwed it back on, and it was tight, and I didn't hear any hissing or smell any propane. Its done that before where it leaks if I dont put the cylinder on right. But ive always been able to rethread it on there, have it stop leaking, and then it works. Not to mention it fired right up, just like normal. Then I walked away from it, got into bed, closed my eyes to go to sleep, and next thing I know im smelling smoke and then the fire alarm goes off. So I jump up to see the mr heater engulfed in flames!!

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Posted: 12/29/12 11:00am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You say it's happened before but you manager to 're-thread' the tank back on.
I wonder if the threads on the unit are damaged from the cross threading. No mater how tight the tank is there could be a leak along the warped threads.

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Posted: 12/29/12 10:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds like someone was watching over you.
Since it sounds like the fire occurred after the bottle was chanced, either the bottle was not screwed on tight enough or something in the plumbing for the bottle developed a leak. I can see where over tightening could cause a problem also.


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Posted: 12/29/12 10:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It was quite the site im sure for the neighbors to see the skinny, but tall (6'5") tslice in his boxers and tshirt running outside in the 0 degree cold at 7 in the morning with a portable heater engulfed in flames in his hands.

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Posted: 12/29/12 10:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

And the reason of this post isnt to scare anyone. Its just so that people realize that these things can be dangerous!

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